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May 16, 2010
From journal Family Trip to Rocky Top Tennessee
February 18, 2010
February 28, 2007
From journal Gatlinburg Worth the Drive
August 27, 2006
From journal Vacation in Gatlinburg
June 19, 2006
From journal Romantic Mountain Getaway
January 20, 2006
From journal Tennessee Smoky Mountains Vacation
August 16, 2005
From journal Week in Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge
June 19, 2005
TIP: There are five Ripley's attractions in Gatlinburg, and if you are interested in all five of them, you can buy a combo ticket, any one of them that includes all five, and it will save you money. The Ripley's attractions include:
1) Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum
2) Ripley's Moving Theatre
3) Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini Golf
4) Ripley's Haunted Adventure
5) Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
From journal Face-to-Face with Sharks at Ripley's Aquarium
by southern girl
May 12, 2005
It is a 1.4-million-gallon aquarium. The feature presentation is a long tunnel through the middle of the aquarium. Everywhere you see on both sides and above you are sea creatures. They have a lot of sharks - some of them are quite large. They swim so close to you that you can practically count their teeth. If you are lucky enough to be there at feeding time, it is fascinating to watch them. A slow-moving sidewalk carries you through, but we got off often, so we could stand and watch more closely.
They have special presentations throughout the day offering educational experiences tailored to different ages. Staff is available all day to answer questions.
There is a tropical rainforest section with piranhas.
There is a section where you can hold a horseshoe crab or even pet a stingray.
This year, they are having a pirate exhibit. There are exhibits and a lot of information. Little boys will love this.
From journal Spectacular Spring in the Smoky Mountains
April 5, 2005
As my friend and I put it, it's definitely a fun thing to do, but we would never pay for it. In fact, we received the tickets as a tip at the restaurant we worked at. (The people were leaving that night and hadn't been able to make it there.) I still would have rather had the cash, but it gave me an excuse to go.
I think that it was a little small, especially for the price. The fish, however, were very interesting. They had salt-water fish like rays, sharks, seahorses, and the like. They also had fresh-water fish like piranhas.
The big selling point of the aquarium is definitely its walk-through plexiglass aquarium. The fish swim over and around you.
I went on a Tuesday morning during the slow season, and it was crawling with screaming kids. I cannot imagine ever visiting it on a weekend or during a popular vacation week. With the plexiglass aquariums, the sound bounces like in a high school gymnasium.
From journal Insider's guide the Great Smoky Mountains